At some point of your Muay Thai journey, you might have been exposed to the side push kick – be it in class or when you watched a fight. Hence, you might be wondering how to utilize it properly. Well, if that has been on your mind, then read on. Today, Evolve Daily shares 4 Essential Side Push Kick Combinations That You Can Include In Your Arsenal:
3 Basic Types Of Muay Thai Push Kicks
Before we begin, it helps to take a look at the different types of push kicks there are in Muay Thai. In this video, WMC World Champion Yodteera Sityodtong demonstrates 3 types of push kicks – the front push kick, side push kick, and switch high push kick. If you watch closely, you’ll notice that Yodteera leans back and extends his attacking leg fully while executing the push kicks, regardless of the type.
“When you’re about to throw the side push kick with your lead leg, you have to turn your front leg until your body is sideways,” explains trainer of World Champions Yodkunsup Por Pongsawang. “Extend your kicking leg all the way when you’re throwing the side push kick and ensure that your foot is flat and turned sideways. Don’t forget to swing down your arm which is on the side of your kicking leg too.”
4 Essential Side Push Kick Combinations
As the side push kick is a variation of the front push kick, it also helps to create distance between you and your opponent.
“The best time to execute a side push kick is when your opponent is charging forward at you, and you want to create space,” shares Yodkunsup. “You should mostly aim for the body when you throw the side push kick, for maximum impact.”
In this video, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Yoddecha Sityodtong shows 4 essential side push kick combinations. Like all other techniques, the side push kick has to be set up properly – so as to ensure that it lands on your target. If you aren’t sure how to do so, then start drilling these combinations on the heavy bag or with a partner until your technique is on point. Once you’re comfortable with throwing these combinations, you can then proceed to execute them in sparring or even in the ring.
There’s no doubt that the side push kick can be an effective and dangerous kick, especially when utilized correctly, with the perfect timing, aim and technique. So tell us, are you ready to drill these combinations and include the side push kick in your arsenal?